Friday, December 03
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Need to have more good tennis coaches in Oman, says Hashmi


First Omani to complete ITF Academy Play Tennis national tutor development course 

A long-serving Oman’s Davis Cup non-playing captain, he is also an experienced Oman Tennis Association (OTA) board member and one of the few qualified coaches in the sultanate.

Siddiq al Hashmi, currently the OTA treasurer, recently successfully completed the  International Tennis Federation (ITF) Academy West & Central Asia- Play Tennis National Tutor Development Course, making him the only Omani and only the second in the GCC region to achieve the distinction.

The latest recognition allows Hashmi to coach the trainers independently, without the supervision of ITF officials, evaluate and also issue certificate to the successful trainers.

Speaking after the completion of the course, Hashmi said, “I have always strived to get myself updated with the latest courses on offer from the ITF. Now, I have more responsibilities from the ITF.

“The idea is to devise an integrated system for the education and training of all tennis coaches in Oman, whether they are with public or private clubs.”

Hashmi added, “I hope there will be a stronger coordination between Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth and the OTA before issuing or renewing coaches’ licences. If a centralised system is in place then we can ensure that the coaches who work in Oman are of good level. There is a need of good coaches in the sultanate.”

Hashmi has previously received ITF coach of advanced players (CAP)- Level Two certificate and has also worked as an assistant lecturer during workshops in Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman.  He hoped that the ‘OTA would have proper regulations in place to ensure that good coaches are selected and only those qualified can impart training in Oman’.

The 49 year old has been an international swimmer and took part in Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982. Since 2006, Hashmi has been the non-playing Davis Cup captain of Oman and has completed ITF Level Two and USTA Level Three coaching courses.

He has been an OTA board member since 2002 and also been the chairman of national teams’ committee for more than a decade. He represented Oman at various ITF and Arab meetings on several occasions. A banker for over 24 years, Hashmi is now keen to spend more time to serve Oman tennis community.

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